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Enefit – responsible partner

Enefit is committed to using the most advanced and cleanest oil shale production technology available for all its projects in Jordan, in order to minimise the environmental impact of its operations in the Kingdom. As a member country of the EU, Enefit's operations in Estonia are expected to meet the most stringent environmental standards. The same applies to its operations in Jordan.

Below are some key facts about Enefit's projects in Jordan and the various efforts the company is taking to ensure minimal impact to the local environment:

Project area

  • A socio-economic assessment has been carried out by an independent third party, to evaluate the direct and indirect effects of Enefit's projects on the local community, and was submitted and approved together with the Environmental Impact Assessment. Enefit is committed to addressing any adverse effects in collaboration with the local community and in accordance with its agreements with the government.
  • The location of Enefit's projects in Jordan -- Attarat Um Ghudran-- is a remote uninhabited area, where the impact of open cast mining will have little on the local population.
  • The agreements signed with the government of Jordan stipulate that Enefit must prepare a thorough and government approved remediation plan for the project area before starting any mining activities.
  • The agreements also require that Enefit establish a remediation fund to guarantee that funding is available for all activities required by the remediation plan.
  • Enefit has significant experience in restoration/remediation of mining areas. In Estonia, Enefit has been mining oil shale for nearly 100 years and has successfully remediated approximately 125,000 dunums in accordance with all government requirements.
  • Beside of being highly efficient for oil production Enefit's technology takes advantage of the extra heat generated in the process. This energy is used to produce additional electricity, which offsets CO2 emissions that would otherwise be emitted in electricity plants producing the same amount of electricity.